The $36 million bonus recently awarded to Westinghouse at the Savannah River Site does not go to the workers. It goes to the management -- who keeps it.
In the 1990s, outstanding workers were rewarded with gold watches (which were purchased in bulk quantities from a Westinghouse owned company). The awards have dropped from plaques to paper certificates to a wave of the hand.
Of course, the Department of Energy is aware of this bogus program. Both Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and Sen. Ernest (Fritz) Hollings, D-S.C., support it. Even Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., ignores the pleas of workers. Congress could care less about SRS workers, as long as the voters don't know they are suffering.
Morale among SRS workers has died. These workers must oversee the most deadly nuclear material on Earth. Much of this waste is in liquid form. There are approximately 2,300 swimming pools of nuclear liquid waste in aging vats at SRS.
It is wrong for DOE and SRS to make our workers feel insignificant and powerless. They are the front line forces for diagnosing problems at SRS; however, they will never be heard because their complaints might affect the management's yearly bonus. So much for safety at SRS!
R. E. Sutherland,Aiken